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  1. This could easily merge with the jokes thread but here goes. Trumps latest brainstorm,,,, let's arm the teachers. Just what a frustrated teacher needs,,, a gun. Does he stay up all night thinking of stupid things to do?? Unfortunately I don't ever see Americans giving up their guns. As long as the NRA is writing those checks, politicians will never let it happen.
  2. Other major or minor sports discussion.
  3. I am cautiously optimistic about this team going forward, but once again I think our season will go as Price performs. We had a lot of guys have career years last season and it might be a stretch hoping they match or improve on those stats. What i'm truly hopeful for is that some of our kids muscle their way onto this roster and displace a few veterans. I'm not so worried about that top LD that everybody craves for. As much as it would be nice to bolster our D, I think Mete will take another step forward this season and do an adequate job next to Weber. I saw Webs get caught flat footed a few times last year and the kid was able to get back and cover for him. Would I like more offence from him??? Sure,,,,, but I also think he was a little snake bit last season and had some great chances to bury a few. After his stint in the AHL last year he came back a different player IMO,,,, and if he can get his offence going, I think we'll be OK. My two biggest concerns going into this season were,,,, #1,,,,, addressing our back up role,,,, which hopefully we've accomplished with Kinkaid #2,,,, our PP,,,,, of which I haven't seen any changes going into this year. Maybe a trade will change that. Would have been nice to bolster the D and deal with some uncertainty, but I didn't see any solutions to that via the UFA route, and we may still address that by trade before the season starts. #1 and #2 would greatly improve our chances of making the playoffs,,,, and with the parity in the League that was on full display this past year,,, who knows.
  4. Heard a good one (within forum rules),,, please share here.
  5. Is that the plan with all the extra bodies? Stoner squad?
  6. Somewhat surprising. Term and amount are correct so I suppose he could always get waived for a zero Cap hit if we can't deal him,, should he not make the roster.
  7. I loved Marky as a Hab but I would be leary bringing him back at this stage of his career. He had great vision on our PP and I would argue it hasn't been the same since his departure, but I have serious doubts he could play to that level once again. Would love to see him retire as a Hab though.
  8. Out with the old and in with the new.
  9. My guess would be not a heck of a lot, because Petry was having an outstanding season and did an amazing job filling in. I would have thought the biggest boost with Weber's return would have been on the PP, but we all know that didn't materialize. I too expect Weber will have a much more consistent season with a full training camp behind him ( barring injury). He did taper off late in the season, but that was to be expected. He's obviously no spring chicken anymore.
  10. Yeah,,,, the only thing he's addressed is the backup role and even that has some questions behind it. Niemi was a disaster last year so it would be difficult to believe there's been no improvement there. Our other nemesis last year was the PP and I haven't seen any real movement in that area so i'm expecting similar results. The D is pretty much a wash from last year with the only change being Chariot for Benn. Unless we get another season of career breaking stats from this roster I don't hold up much hope of a big jump in the standings. Might be enough to make a run at the playoffs if Price plays lights out again, otherwise there are still some big questions going forward
  11. I'm not advocating we persue Kreider but the Rangers are in a Cap crunch and he could be a target for teams. He could potentially come cheap but I agree it's highly unlikely they take back garbage. It's likely picks or prospects they entertain as options https://www.tsn.ca/report-rangers-put-pavel-buchnevich-and-vladislav-namestnikov-on-trade-block-1.1337906
  12. There are quite a few unique nicks out there and i've often wondered,,, as i'm sure others have,,, about what the story is behind them. Anybody care to share?? Most know what mine is all about, and for anybody who doesn't,,,, my hatred of the Leafs should clarify it. Used to be spelled out, but when the board crashed a couple seasons ago it wouldn't let me go back to it, so i had to use the initials.
  13. And there's our Defenseman https://www.tsn.ca/montreal-canadiens-sign-ben-chiarot-to-3-year-10-5m-deal-1.1332882
  14. Welcome to the board
  15. Just an added note to the above. There`s no way i consider Gardiner to be better then Petry, so i don`t see him instantly becoming our number 2 guy ,,,, unless you were talking about Weber and i don`t see that either.
  16. It`s not that i hate the guy,,,, i hate the fact people consider him a top pairing D-man. He pailled in comparison to Morgan R. in T.O. and i think his ceiling is second pairing at best. I could be totally wrong in how he would fit into our lineup, but for the money and term he`s rumoured to be demanding (and then there`s that wonky back that could have him in and out of the lineup),,, i`m a hard pass. As for passing a physical,,, when dealing with back problems they can seem totally fine one week and you can feel like you need a walker the next. Totally unpredictable, and with the grind of an NHL schedule,,, very risky. I`d be willing to throw his money demand at him on a 1 year deal. It eats up all our Cap but at least it gives us some security next year when maybe Romanov can step in and do the job. The money would have to drop drastically for every added year.
  17. I think i`d like to see how this new guy on D works out before setting my D pairings
  18. Yeah, and it`s a major reason i pass. I don`t consider him an elite first pairing guy to begin with, and he looked pretty brutal late season and in the playoffs. He was struggling and his back issues seemed obvious at that time. Giving this guy term could be a real ball and chain for any team that signs him,,,,especially for the rumoured money he wants.
  19. The OT total is correct but they had more then that. And you would have been correct the first time.
  20. Or Hudon if we sign him and can't trade him.
  21. Yeah,,, at least there's no chance Dlo is in the mix.
  22. We know MB likes to run a press box, so count on a 23 man roster.
  23. Dzingle signed with the Canes. Bargain price IMO and great term (2 years). https://www.tsn.ca/carolina-hurricanes-sign-f-dzingel-to-two-year-deal-1.1336380
  24. Well,,,, he's on the right track, because any Hab fan knows it will be more then 10 based on the hint that was left